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Saturday, December 13, 2014

Notes from The White County Democrat, 1924

The White County Democrat, Friday, April 11, 1924

4 January 1924:

     Reynolds: Frances Krintz returned to Fort Wayne Monday after spending the week here visiting her father.

     Reynolds: Michael Krintz who has been in poor health for some time, is not expected to live.

     Reynolds: James Firth and George Krintz went to Akron, Ohio Tuesday.

11 January 1924:

     Michael Krintz died January 7, 1924. He was born in Prussia, Germany, October 26, 1836. When a young man he came to this country and went to Wisconsin, but soon moved to Indiana and settled in White county, where he spent the remainder of his life. He has been failing in health for the past years, so that he was almost a cripple. He was making his home with his son, Emil, northeast of town. He was married twice, both of his wives preceding him in death. He was the father of thirteen children, twelve of whom survive, seven boys and five girls. He was buried Wednesday afternoon. Services were held in the St. James Lutheran church, of which the deceased was a member.

     Mrs. Ed Hasselbring of Michigan arrived here Tuesday to attend the funeral of her father, Michael Krintz, who was buried Wednesday.

     Mrs. John Rice and John Krintz, both of North Dakota, came Monday to attend the funeral of their father, Michael Krintz.

     Rev. F. A. Kiess and Paul Hasselbring visited the latter's father, August Hasselbring, who is staying at Delphi at the present  time.   Mr. August Hasselbring has been quite sick, bit it is thot he is on his way of recovery. [sic]

18 January 1924:

     Mrs. Ed Hasselbring returned to her home in Michigan Wednesday after being here for the past week.

     Gus Krintz entertained the following for dinner Sunday at his home: Mr. and Mrs. Emil Krintz, Mr. and Mrs. Will Hasselbring and son, Mrs. John Rice, John Krintz, Mr. and Mrs. Ben Camp and family of Logansport, and his daughter Frances of Fort Wayne.

15 February 1924:

     Mrs. John Rice who has been visiting here for some time returned to her home in North Dakota Sunday.

     Ben Krinning of Wyoming came this week for an extended visit with his father, August Krinning, who is in critical condition.

     Sitka: Ray Wards have gone to their new home in Michigan.

29 February 1924:

     Born to Mr. and Mrs. Louis Ward Saturday, a baby girl.

     Paul Minnicus and George Krintz went to Gary Tuesday for employment.

28 March 1924:

     Sitka: The Bible class of Sitka Sunday school met with Mrs. Bertha Ward Tuesday of this week.

11 April 1924:

     Pike Creek: Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Brandt of Monticello spent Monday evening with Mr. and Mrs. Henry Brandt.

18 April 1924:

     Lewis Krintz of Gary came home Friday to attend the funeral of his grandfather, August Krinning.

16 May 1924:

     Will Krintz of Gary was called home Tuesday evening by the serious condition of his sister Clara.

     Mr. and Mrs. Lester Kleyla moved Monday to the farm vacated by Wm. Camp.


     Miss Clara Krintz, who was taken to the Lafayette hospital Tuesday where she underwent an operation, died Wednesday morning. She suffered from peritonitis. Miss Krintz was a very popular young lady. She was born March 5, 1905. She attended the Lutheran parochial school and the past year was a freshman in the local high school. She was a life time member of the Lutheran church, and was well respected in the community.
     Her father and mother, Mr. and Mrs. Emil Krintz, and four brothers, Will of Gary, George, Elmer and Lloyd, besides other relatives and many friends survive.

23 May 1924:

     Miss Frances Krintz and Mr. and Mrs. Newt Steele of Charleston, Ill., attended the funeral of Clara Krintz Sunday. They returned Tuesday.

13 June 1924:

     Frances Krintz is home for a few weeks vacation after finishing a term of work at the Illinois State Normal school at Charleston, Ill. She will return there next week and take the summer course.

     Gust Krintz shipped a carload of cattle and hogs to Chicago Monday.

20 June 1924:

     R. L. Erwin of Lafayette and C. F. Walters of Battle Ground have purchased the Martin Drug Co. from Earl Martin of Earl Park. R. L. Erwin, a competent registered pharmacist, will operate the new store which will be known as the Walters and Erwin Pharmacy. The new owners extend a cordial invitation to the public to come and get acquainted.

22 August 1924:

     [Frances Krintz will teach 3rd and 4th grades for Honey Creek township schools.]

10 October 1924:

Alleges Husband Was Cruel to Her
     Alleging that her husband was guilty of cruel and inhuman treatment and that on an occasion on September 14, he threatened to throw her into the Tippecanoe river, Mamie Brandt filed suit Friday in the circuit court for a divorce from her husband William Brandt. Glenn R. Slenker is attorney for the plaintiff.  Mrs. Brandt also asks the custody of the two minor children and $1000 alimony. The couple were married November 4th, 1915 and separated September 14, 1924.

31 October 1924:

     Mr. and Mrs. Herman Buss entertained about 75 guests Saturday evening in honor of their 25th wedding anniversary.

7 November 1924:

     Mr. Ralph Erwin and Miss Marjorie Krintz were quietly married at Danville, Ill. last Monday morning by Rev. Ewing of the Methodist church. Mr. Erwin is part owner of the Walters and Erwin Pharmacy. His bride is a popular local girl. Their many friends join in wishing them much happiness.

14 November 1924:

     Mrs. Elizabeth Erwin entertained the following guests Sunday in honor of Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Erwin who were recently married: Mr. and Mrs. Morris McCarty of Montmorenci, Mr. and Mrs. Ora Dellinger and Mr. and Mrs. Charles Rowles and family of Lafayette, and Mr. and Mrs. M. C. Erwin of Reynolds.

21 November 1924:

     [In the first week of court, Emil Krintz filed a claim against the estate of Michael Krintz for expenses incurred in caring for him.]

26 December 1924:

     [In the case of Mamie Brandt vs. Wm. Brandt, the defendant filed a verified petition to modify the former order of the court as to the custody and allowance to the plaintiff for the temporary support of the children and the parties in this action.]

Ed. note: Most of the notes above are quoted as printed in The White County Democrat, a weekly which was published on Fridays. On rare occasions I make small corrections in the interest of readability. On even rarer occasions, I have been known to make typographical errors, but rest assured, most of the errors appearing in this series are vintage! Notes which appear in brackets have been extracted and summarized in my own words from longer articles and are not direct quotes.

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Our Family in Books: A Bibliography

  • My Ancestors in Books (a library of resources and notes pertaining to Reverend Samuel Stone, Major General Robert Sedgwick, Elder John Crandall, and other early Americans in the forest where my family tree was grown)
  • The Zahnisers: A History of the Family in America by Kate M. Zahniser and Charles Reed Zahniser (Mercer, Pa. 1906)
  • History of St. James Lutheran Church [full title: A little of this and a little of that in the 141 year (1861-2002) History of St. James Lutheran Church, Reynolds Indiana] by Harold B. Dodge, published at Reynolds, Indiana, 2002; 170 pages.
  • Lisbon, North Dakota 1880-2005 Quasuicentennial, published at Lisbon, North Dakota in 2005; 391 pages.
  • The Paschen and Redd Families of Cass County, Indiana by Alfred Paschen, c. 2005 (Gateway Press, Inc., Baltimore, MD); 322 pages.
  • Sheldon Community History: Sheldon Centennial 1881-1981, published at Sheldon, North Dakota in 1981; 376 pages.
  • Sheldon, North Dakota 1881-2006 - 125th Anniversary: The Queen of the Prairie, published at Sheldon, North Dakota in 2006; 498 pages.
  • A Standard History of White County, Indiana, written under the supervision of W.H. Hamelle, c. 1915 (The Lewis Publishing Company, Chicago and New York).
  • The Roots of Coventry, Connecticut by Betty Brook Messier and Janet Sutherland Aronson, c. 1987 (Coventry 275th Anniversary Committee, Coventry, CT); 206 pages.
  • "Elder John Crandall of Rhode Island and His Descendants" by John Cortland Crandall; New Woodstock, New York, 1949; 797 pages.
  • "The Descendants of Robert Burdick of Rhode Island." Nellie (Willard) Johnson, Pd.B.: H & L Creations, LLC.

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